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[781d] So that elsewhere, as I said, women would not so much as listen to the mention of the right rule without shrieks of indignation; but in our State perhaps they will. So if we agree that our discourse about the polity as a whole must not—so far as theory goes—prove abortive, I am willing to explain how this institution is good and fitting, if you are equally desirous to listen, but otherwise to leave it alone.

Clinias
Nay, Stranger, we are both inexpressibly desirous to listen.

Athenian
Let us listen, then. And do not be surprised if you find me taking the subject up again from an early point. For we are now enjoying leisure,

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